New Zealand records its first local coronavirus case in two months

New Zealand records its first local coronavirus case in two months as residents anxiously wait to hear if they will go back into lockdown New Zealand has recorded its first local coronavirus case since November The woman, 56,  arrived in Auckland from Europe around the beginning of 2021 She left 14-day mandatory quarantine after twice testing negative to Covid-19 She later developed symptoms and told health officials before testing positive Kiwis will find out on Monday if the latest infection will prompt new restrictions 

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Published: 06:13 GMT, 24 January 2021 | Updated: 06:13 GMT, 24 January 2021

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New Zealanders will find out on Monday whether a new case of COVID-19 will prompt new restrictions, or the infected woman's 'extremely assiduous' personal contact tracing has stopped spread of the disease.

On Sunday, health officials announced they had identified a first case of the deadly virus in the community since November.

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The positive test came from a 56-year-old Northland woman who travelled in Spain and the Netherlands, departing from London and arriving in Auckland around the turn of the year.

She left NZ's mandatory 14-day hotel isolation regime after producing two negative tests, as is standard.

New Zealanders will find out on Monday whether Covid-19 restrictions will be tightened after the nation recorded its first locally acquired coronavirus case since November. Pictured: People wait to be tested at a testing station in Auckland in November

New Zealanders will find out on Monday whether Covid-19 restrictions will be tightened after the nation recorded its first locally acquired coronavirus case since November. Pictured: People wait to be tested at a testing station in Auckland in November

However, the woman subsequently developed muscle aches and reported her symptoms to health workers in follow-up interviews.

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